I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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3 November 2015

Entering the House of Death

This wet Spring night
I cross the dark threshold

to meet with you –
a union more intense
than our Beltane revels.

A Jisei (death poem) which forms a companion piece to an earlier one, as well as marking a personal Pagan ritual.

Linked to The Tuesday Platform for 10 Nov. 2015 at 'imaginary garden with real toads'


  1. Intense--but together with the first one, marvelous, sad, expectant.

  2. Yes, together with the first, amazing.

  3. Wow...what a powerful message held in both poems and then to combine them hits me straight in the heart.

  4. It worked itself into something dark and engaging!


  5. You write with the enchantment of the moon!

  6. Lovely... revels? Reveals? I want you to revel in that ritual. ;)

  7. What a wonderfully peaceful chant, Rosemary! The thought of reuniting with those we've lost, and finding out that the bliss to come mirror past joys times three... Wonderful, indeed!

  8. The old time or the modern Beltane, Rosemsry.
    I see two possible settings for this. I will stop here. Intriguing, either venue.